October 26th, 2009 11:10 AM by Mike and Susie Berra
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has implemented a map modernization program over the past several years for Camden County, Miller County, and Morgan County. While Miller and Morgan County have their final maps, Camden County's maps are still preliminary. Camden County's planning and zoning director and flood plain administrator said the original maps that show the base flood elevation around the lake to be 664 feet was based on maps drawn up 26 years ago. With new mapping procedures and techniques, parts of the Lake are showing something different. Areas that are not in controlled flood zones like those around Bagnell Dam have seen elevation levels 5' higher or more. The five foot difference may affect a good number of property owners, especially on the Niangua Arm of the Lake. Buildings that were not technically built in the flood plain on the old map now will now be, and for insurance purposes, that could cost people more money. If you have a lakefront property in Miller or Morgan County, check with them to see if you will be affected. Camden County has hired Great River Engineering out of Springfield, MO to confirm that the research being done by FEMA is accurate, and their final maps are not yet ready. Local surveyors will team up with Great River Engineering to spot check areas that are suspect.